21 October 2020

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LeBron James Will Not Wear a Message of Social Justice on His Jersey

After the cold-blooded murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, America has been outraged. Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets, NBA players became political activists, and the NBA did the best they could (an incredible job by the way) to show their allyship with the black community.

One of the loudest voices for Black Lives Matter has been none other than the best player in the world, LeBron James.

LeBron went above and beyond for the black community, giving support, starting a group to end voter suppression, and vying for social justice.

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Even though his ambition to end ALL hate is uncertain, what he has done for the black community, whether it be social or economic, has been remarkable.

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This is why it became such a surprise when the NBA announced several BLM slogans that could be worn on the back of players’ jerseys, and LeBron decided to go with ‘James.’

LeBron explained that he meant ‘no disrespect to the list that was handed down to all the players.’ He said that he understands the NBA can’t allow anything to be put on the jerseys because it could create controversy like what Ja Morant posted on his Twitter with his jersey saying ‘F*ck 12,’ which is essentially saying that he hates the police.

He does, however, feel somewhat bummed that the NBA did not consult any approved slogans with him.

‘I Would have loved to have a say so on what would have went on the back of my jersey’

He said after announcing he won’t have a slogan.

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He also said that he will ‘commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. It’s just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.’

It is a bit strange that he will not settle for a slogan such as ‘Black Lives Matter’ or ‘Equality’ but he clearly had something in mind that he did not get to use.

Regardless of the back of his jersey, LeBron James has been a beacon for the black community as a symbol of unity and hope that America can move forward as an improved nation from this difficult time.

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